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Vincent de Paul ou Vincent Depaul1, né au village de Pouy près de Dax le 24 avril 1581 ou 1576 - mort le 27 septembre 1660, est un prêtre catholique français renommé pour sa charité, qu'il exerça notamment auprès des galériens - dont il était aumônier -, des enfants trouvés et des populations rurales. Aumônier de la reine Marguerite, épouse de Henri IV, puis curé de campagne à Clichy, précepteur des enfants du marquis de Belle-Isle, frère de l'archevêque de Paris.
Il fonde deux sociétés de vie apostolique : la Congrégation de la Mission, dont les membres seront couramment appelés lazaristes et la Compagnie des filles de la Charité, souvent connues comme les Sœurs de Saint Vincent de Paul.


Born in Gascony, France, in 1581, though some authorities have said 1576; died at Paris, 27 September 1660. Born of a peasant family, he made his humanities studies at Dax with the Cordeliers, and his theological studies, interrupted by a short stay at Saragossa, were made at Toulouse where he graduated in theology. Ordained in 1600 he remained at Toulouse or in its vicinity acting as tutor while continuing his own studies. Brought to Marseille for an inheritance, he was returning by sea in 1605 when Turkish pirates captured him and took him to Tunis. He was sold as a slave, but escaped in 1607 with his master, a renegade whom he converted. On returning to France he went to Avignon to the papal vice-legate, whom he followed to Rome to continue his studies. He was sent back to France in 1609, on a secret mission to Henry IV; he became almoner to the Queen Marguerite of Valois, and was provided with the little Abbey of Saint-Léonard-de-Chaume. At the request of M. de Berulle, founder of the Oratory, he took charge of the parish of Clichy near Paris, but several months later (1612) he entered the services of the Gondi, an illustrious French family, to educate the children of Philippe-Emmanuel de Gondi. He became the spiritual director of Mme de Gondi.

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